Benefits of Xamarin Cross-Platform App Development
Today, many individuals and companies are developing and releasing apps – be it for the sole purpose of expanding their business or getting something innovative to the people with a great app idea. But no matter what the reason is, developing an app is a process that generally has to be started from scratch and needs a right platform for mobile app development. One can find many app development platforms for their app ideas but the one that has evolved remarkably and the most preferred by developers has been none other than Xamarin. The reason behind its popularity is its cross platform portability i.e. its provision of integrating an app to all three major mobile platforms including iOS, Android and Windows.
Xamarin basically has three key elements including Xamarin platform, Test Cloud and Xamarin Insights where:
- Xamarin Platform provides code APIs, code samples, runtime engines and virtual machines.
- Test Cloud provides automation of app testing on thousands of real devices in the Cloud.
- Xamarin Insights tracks app crashes and exceptions enabling the developers to identify real time app experience of users.
That being said, let’s look at some more benefits of using Xamarin Cross-Platform App Development for a business:
Single Source Code: Developing apps for different OS platforms requires writing codes for them. For example, app development for Android requires Java, iOS requires Objective-C and Swift while for Windows it requires C# or VB.
Well, Xamarin only uses C# language comprising of concepts such as links, generics, tasks, etc. and excludes the usage of these three different languages. Here, codes can be written in required IDE and it has turned out to be quite productive.
Native look and feel: Xamarin provides a native look and feel given that Xamarin IDE enables coding in C# which takes part against Objective-C, Swift and Java prototypes. Thus, one can avail native UI access to device-specific hardware and OS specific software features.
Supports a Component Store: Addition of high-grade elements to the app directly from the Xamarin IDE along with the integration of back-ends such as Microsoft Azure, Salesforce Parse, SAP, etc. Also supports encryption and authentication.
Xamarin.Forms: Xamarin.Forms enables building user interface that can be shared across Android, iOS or Windows including more than 40 layouts and controls. In short, Xamarin is a resource and time saver cross-platform app development which simplifies the development of similar native UIs for different platforms.
App Testing in Cloud: With Xamarin Test Cloud, one can directly detect app’s flaws and bugs in the cloud.
Offline App Support: Xamarin’s cloud feature enables enterprise apps to even work in remote areas where there is no internet connection i.e. they can even work offline.
MVC and MVVM patterns compatibility: Xamarin MVVM enables using same code base for developing different projects and MVC enables the developers to keep the app logic and layout separate thereby, boosting the app development process.
Extensibility: Xamarin presents the developers to choose from myriad components to customize their apps and final outcome.
API Integration: Uses Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.Mac, Xamarin.Windows possessing similar elements of native platforms for binding.
No Extra Plug-ins: Apps can be built without creating extra plug-ins and as Xamarin’s standard UI controls provides enhanced user experience across different mobile platforms.
Cost-Effective: As Xamarin excludes any possible investment for distinct development infrastructure for iOS, Android and iOS it is without doubt the title holder for a cost-effective app development platform.
Hence, the above-mentioned features clearly make Xamarin a safe, reliable and cost-effective app development platform to develop apps for iOS, Android and Windows.